I heard about Dazzling Cafe, not through some reviews that I read on TripAdvisor, but rather, through all the pictures on Facebook that my Asian American friends were posting. With Facebook being the defacto news source for everything awesome, I figured a stopover at Dazzling would be money for our group of four guys.
The cafe is famous for a dessert known as a “honey toast” and they have even gotten Taiwanese celebrities to endorse the snack as some sort of high-end dessert/afternoon tea treat. As I tread carefully in writing this review and try to look at this experience completely objectively, I was blown away by the presentation and it further validates my assumption that Asians know how to make desserts. The outer shell is completely made of a buttery bread that’s been shaped into a box with center hollowed out. A mix of fruit, syrup and ice cream adorn the top with some strawberry jam that run down on the side for added effect. Inside of the bread box is where the magic happens. What’s in it? More bread.
As I walked into the cafe and realize that we are the only guys in the entire venue, I really had to fight the urge to make a U-turn and exit. Outside of being a shameful mess, I did notice that the walls are pristine white and the decor was this pseudo Victorian-era that reminded me of a weird cross between naughty anime and a Chinese bakery in Chinatown. Dressed-up waiters serve the heavily female based clientele plenty of cutesy teas, juices and desserts. On the surface, Dazzling Cafe has the aura of a great afternoon tea spot and can double as a great weekend date place.
I thought the presentation of the drinks and snacks were pretty awesome. You can definitely tell they put some effort into making all drinks, desserts and food as cutesy as possible. Service wasn’t as timely as what I was use to back in the US, but I’m assuming the time it takes to put together a great product is well worth it. It was. The drinks not only looked great, but tasted awesome. Not too sweet and not too syrupy. Plus added points for ratcheting up the AC in the cafe.
You can request the waiters/waitresses to help you cut up the honey toast into nice, even, portions. However, it would be nice to have known this prior to giving 4 guys a pair of tongs and a butter knife. What you see above are the remains of an innocent honey toast after being completely ravaged by 4 Asian american guys who didn’t know what the hell they were doing. The honey toast looks like it’s been to Afghanistan and back without bringing any survivors.
Some dazzling prices for all dazzlers to see. I’m eager for the party in my mouth toast. Must be orgasmic.
My own, personal recommendation is that it’s worth checking out Dazzling Cafe, not only to look around, check into Facebook but also to take a bunch of pictures. Choose a honey toast and something caffeinated, you can’t go wrong with that combo and it’ll refresh you for your late afternoon beer runs at 7-Eleven. Prices run about 200NT for all the things on the menu. Overall, it’s not expensive, it’s definitely doable for an afternoon snack, if not for the novelty of being there.
As for me, I’m going to go win back my manhood by chugging a beer.
Address No. 11, Alley 7, Lane 205, Section 4, Zhōngxiào East Rd, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Phone +886 2 8773 9238